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ALAN TURNER: Egburt and the ‘Internet of Things’

In a recent meeting with Ravi Raju, Chief Marketing Officer at Camgian Microsystems out of Starkville, we were introduced to Egburt and the Internet of Things. Just what IS the Internet of Things? we asked. “Well, it’s really the next generation of the Internet,” he explained. He suggested that in certain ways, “the Internet has […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Turning things around: Two companies and one federal agency

The cover of the current issue of the Harvard Business Review proclaims, “Making Strategy Work – How to Avoid the Traps and Execute Brilliantly.” Strategy is about how to achieve goals. It is especially important for companies that were once flying high, but have found themselves at a lower altitude. Turning around a struggling company […] [...]

Barbour-Swoope team played .500 ball, at best

Thank heavens there is still a bright line between a news story and a column. Neither is better than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. A news story is supposed to be factual. Hence, it carries the mantle of credibility, which should never drop to the ground, like the American flag. Play fast […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Give new life to Mississippi Coliseum, Trade Mart

by Published: March 19,2015

Tags: Business, Cindy Hyde-Smith, coliseum, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS

Parking a problem out in the backyard until the problem goes away may work for some (see Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and Farish Street). The backyard treatment has been the undeserved fate of the 53-year-old Mississippi Coliseum for more than a decade. This could be the year that changes, however. A makeover for the “Big […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Interest rate swaps: Don’t play with matches

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. Our moms, from opposite ends of Mississippi and two decades apart, admonished us not to play with matches.  It was, and remains, good advice.  As one […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Wicker, Cochran and the Iran-a-Muck letter

Forty-seven United States Senators, including Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, signed a letter recently to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran did not. The letter set out to explain the nuances of our U.S. Constitution to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The letter also described how the […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Local news still drives audience in a digital age

Whether in a tech-savvy metropolis or a city where the town square is still the communication hub, local news matters deeply to the lives of residents. Across three disparate metro areas in the U.S., nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely – and about half do so very closely, according to a new, in-depth Pew […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — The father of the index fund on the good life

When John Bogle founded Vanguard and launched the first-ever index fund in 1975, many in the financial services industry thought there was no way he’d succeed. Forty impressive years later, however, his critics have been silenced and his role as the conscience of the investing world is assured. Bogle has proven that you can, in […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Make your workplace a benefit

We often talk about employee benefits and how to get employee buy-in or retention—especially in small business—and we do it in a tangible, checklist sort of way. Conversations with potential employees revolve around insurance, IRAs, 401ks, vacation days, sick leave and items of that ilk. What if your workplace’s biggest employee benefit was the workplace […] [...]

TED CARTER — Hammer comes down on those predatory robocallers (kind of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The Mississippi PSC’s Brandon Presley says the robo offenders have promised to quit annoying Mississippians. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean […] [...]

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